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Arcade Fire Responds to Criticism Over Casting Andrew Garfield as Trans Woman in ‘We Exist’ Video

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In case you missed it earlier this month, Arcade Fire released the music video for their single ‘We Exist’ – featuring an impressive performance by Andrew Garfield as a trans woman named Sandy.

Not everyone was happy about Garfield’s role in the video however. Trans lead singer for Against Me! Laura Jane Grace, for example, openly expressed her frustration that Arcade Fire failed to hire “an actual ‘Trans’ actor instead of Spider-Man.”

Garfield2In an interview with The Advocate, front man Win Butler and video director David Wilson addressed the concerns surrounding Garfield's participation.

"There was just so much thought and love that went into the video I don't personally see it as negative," Butler says of the casting, but adding "I can totally see the sensitivity of the issue."

Wilson, the director, says he had considered casting a trans person but was moved by Garfield's passion for the project after their first phone conversation. "Before I got on the call, I thought, Is this the right person — should we be using a transgender person?" he remembers. "But then getting on the phone with Andrew, and Andrew's commitment and passion toward the project was just overwhelming. For an actor of that caliber to be that emotionally invested in a music video is just a very special thing. It just completely made sense."

Check out the full interview here, where Butler also discusses the Jamaican undertones on the album and how "We Exist" is a reaction to the country's notoriously anti-gay culture. 

And in case you missed the "We Exist" music video, click here


Andrew Garfield is Trans-Formed in the Empowering New Arcade Fire Video 'We Exist': WATCH

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Andrew Garfield finds trans-cendance in Arcade Fire's 'We Exist'.

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Don't Diss Beyoncé, Or Else You'll End Up Like Andrew Garfield: VIDEO

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While on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live, Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield found out the hard way what happens when you diss on Beyoncé — "The Beygency" comes after you!!

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Andrew Garfield Does Drag in Gay-Themed Arcade Fire Video 'We Exist': WATCH

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Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield appears in drag in an upcoming video from Arcade Fire for their track "We Exist".

The crowd scene was shot at Coachella last month and the band performed the track there, Rolling Stone reports:

"The right to marry anyone you want is a human rights issue," frontman Win Butler told the crowd,before the band launched into "We Exist," a song about son coming out to his father.

In a 21-second teaser for the video released on Friday, Garfield's walk through the crowd in drag is intercut with anguished scenes of him shaving his head in a bedroom.

No word on when the full video is dropping but we'll bring it to you when it does.

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Garfield hosted SNL over the weekend, and had a scene which featured a kiss between him and Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin.

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SNL Caps 'Spider-Man' Skit with 'Weird' Gay Kiss Between Chris Martin and Andrew Garfield: VIDEO

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Gay panic provided the punchline on SNL last night in a sketch about Hollywood kiss scenes punctuated by a meeting of the lips between Coldplay's Chris Martin and Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield to which they couldn't (at least to the camera) visibly commit.

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What To Watch This Week on TV: MacLaine Guests On 'Glee;' 'Drag Race' Hilarity - VIDEO

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Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— That's Jason Sudeikis underneath that wig (with the chest hair poking out) on this Thursday's season finale of Portlandia, 10 p.m. Eastern on IFC. Out musician k.d. lang also shows up for the feminist getaway, hosted by Toni (Carrie Brownstein) and Candace (Fred Armisen), proprietors of Women and Women First bookstore.

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